|Jimmy Barnes finally scored a number 1 single in 1987|
By late 1987, the singles had stopped coming from John Farnham's Whispering Jack, and so the path was clear for Jimmy Barnes to enter the fray once more with his third studio album, Freight Train Heart. Given the choice, I'd take Farnesy over Barnesy any day - and really couldn't stand the shouting style of the (at the time) former Cold Chisel frontman.
|ARIA Top 50 Singles Chart - week ending November 8, 1987|
We'll get to Jimmy in a bit, but, with no breakers to talk about, it's straight into the first of six new entries from this week 25 years ago...
Number 49 "Physical Favours" by Sharon O'Neill
Peak: number 39
1987 marked a new era for New Zealand-born singer/songwriter Sharon O'Neill, who'd been through legal difficulties with previous record label CBS and finally emerged with new music on a new label. "Physical Favours" was the first single from the Danced In The Fire album and it was another minor hit that I liked at the time but didn't add to my collection for some years.
Due to its lacklustre chart performance (and no subsequent hits), Sharon's chart career petered out a couple of years later, but the now 50-year-old still performs today. My favourite random fact about Sharon is that a greatest hits album was approved by her troublesome original label (and released on J&B) in 1991, but, as often happened in those days, she only had one half of the release. The other artist she was teamed with for the best of collection? Collette.
Number 47 "I'll Save You All My Kisses" by Dead Or Alive
Peak: number 47
Dead Or Alive's least successful single since their 1985 breakthrough made a short but sweet appearance at its peak position this week 25 years ago. Fair enough - "I'll Save You All My Kisses" was the fourth single from the Mad, Bad And Dangerous To Know album, so they'd had a good run up until this point. The group would return in 1988 without producers Stock Aitken Waterman, but with a fairly consistent sound on the Nude album, which would give them their last couple of top 50 hits in Australia - not including a 1996 remix of "You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)".
Number 45 "Learning To Fly" by Pink Floyd
Peak: number 34
With the exception of their number 2 smash, "Another Brick In The Wall Part II", Pink Floyd was always more of an albums act than a singles act - and to prove the point, this first single from A Momentary Lapse Of Reason would stall outside the top 30 while its parent album reached number 2. The album was the first one without founding member Roger Waters (who we saw a few weeks back with his solo release) - and Dave Gilmour's assumption of the frontman position was addressed by the lyrics of the song. The music video featured a Native American literally learning to fly - well, he turned into an eagle, so that's kind of the same thing.
Number 39 "Is This Love" by Whitesnake
Peak: number 12
They'd been around since 1978, but it took until 1987 for the British rockers to really make their mark around the world - and they did it with two songs from their self-titled album that year. We'll see the first single released from Whitesnake in a few weeks, but it was actually this second single that hit the top 50 here first - and went on to reach a higher chart position. I preferred the other track, and found "Is This Love" a little slow for my hard rock taste.
Number 34 "To Her Door" by Paul Kelly and the Coloured Girls
Peak: number 14
Everybody loves Paul Kelly, right? Well, love might be overstating it slightly as far as I'm concerned, but I was a fan of this, his biggest hit single, as well as other tracks like "Leaps And Bounds", "Dumb Things" and his first major chart hit, "Before Too Long". The first single from the Under The Sun album, "To Her Door" was credited to Paul Kelly And The Coloured Girls, the band he played with after The Dots and before the name was changed to The Messengers. Under The Sun was actually credited to Paul and the Messengers internationally, given the political implications of a name like Coloured Girls, especially in the States.
Number 13 "Too Much Ain't Enough Love" by Jimmy Barnes
Peak: number 1
Here he is... and with the week's highest debut to boot. Although Jimmy had already scored two number 1 albums, he'd yet to achieve a chart-topping single (with or without Cold Chisel), but that would all change with this first release from Freight Train Heart, which spent one week at the top. More restrained than some of his scream-a-thons, "Too Much Ain't Enough Love" would end up being Jimmy's only number 1 single, but since he'd hit the top with six albums in a row (including live album Barnestorming) between 1984 and 1991, I doubt he was too worried.
A very rock-centric week this week, which partly explains why I started to look further afield for music in late 1987 and 1988. Speaking of the latter, I'll continue my countdown of my personal favourites by revisiting 1988 next.
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